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Federal district courts in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits have regularly granted Rule 12(b)(6) dismissals of copyright infringement lawsuits against motion pictures and other literary works if, following review of the works in issue, the court determines the plaintiff cannot plausibly state a claim of copyright infringement because the two works are not substantial similar.
By Stan Soocher
Approval of all the co-owners of a copyrighted work is needed to grant exclusive rights to third parties. Despite that, any co-owner can sell that co-owner’s exclusive ownership share to third parties without the permission of the others The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California recently released an opinion that considered the interplay of these copyright issues.
By Barbara M. Goodstein
Financial institutions are beginning to accept virtual currencies as collateral for financings. Could this become common for independent film productions and other entertainment industry ventures? This article examines the scope of UCC Article 9 with a focus on virtual currencies, taking into consideration issues of classification and perfection.
By Michael T. Seeburger
Amidst pressure from sweeping legislation across the country, and still reeling from a major loss at U.S. Supreme Court, the NCAA suspended all rules prohibiting student athletes from profiting off their name, image and likeness.
By Scott Graham
The U.S. Copyright Office has found some big names for its Copyright Claims Board.